Nabi Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) was among the Ulul Azam

(prominent, great, most senior) Ambiya of Bani Israeel. He

flourished centuries before Nabi Isaa (alayhis salaam).

When the sins and transgression of the Yahood exceeded all

bounds and they degenerated into the abyss of immorality, vice,

bid’ah, fisq and fujoor, Allah Ta’ala sent the Babylonian (Iraqi)

king, Nebuchanezar against them.

From Iraq he invaded with his army the land of Bani Israaeel. He pillaged, plundered and utterly

destroyed Jerusalem. Musjidul Aqsa was shockingly desecrated

and defiled, and all the manuscripts of the Tauraah were reduced

to ashes. The Qur’aan refers to this occasion of destruction of

Bani Israaeel, Musjidul Aqsa and Jerusalem in Surah Bani



The Yahood were subjected to mass slaughter. Thousands were

driven in chains to Iraq to be reduced to slavery. Among them was

Nabi Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) as well. During their years of

captivity and slavery, Allah Ta’ala appointed Daanyaal (alayhis

salaam) the Nabi who consoled Bani Israaeel and kept alive the

flame of the Deen. Like Yusuf (alayhis salaam), Allah Ta’ala had

bestowed to Nabi Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) the expertise of

dream interpretation. Despite the yoke of persecution and

oppression which the rulers had imposed on Bani Israaeel, Nabi

Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) resolutely proclaimed the Haqq of the



After the death of Bukhtnasr (Nebuchanazer), Neebushanezaar

ascended the throne. The new king saw a dream which perplexed

him. All the astrologers, fortune-tellers and sorcerers of the land

failed to present a comforting and reasonable interpretation. The

perplexity and concern of the king increased immensely. Someone

then informed the king of a very pious wiseman among Bani

Israaeel, namely, Daanyaal. The king sent for Hadhrat Daanyaal

(alayhis salaam).


When Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) arrived, the king said:

“I have heard the spirit of divinity is in you and that you are a man

of perfect wisdom. The wisemen and astrologers have failed to

interpret my dream. I have heard that you are able to interpret

intricate dreams and solve such problems. If you are able to

interpret my dream, you will be garbed with regal attire. You will

be garlanded with a golden chain, and you will be the third highest

officer in the empire.”


Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) responded: “Retain your prizes by you. Present your awards to

someone else. I shall explain this dream to you.”

After the king explained his dream, Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis

salaam) presented the interpretation which related to the rise and

fall of empires. The specific one of interest to us at this juncture

relates to the rise of an evil regime thousands of years after

Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis salaam). He described that future

regime as the ‘Reign of Abomination’ (a hated reign of terror),

and the ‘Kingdom of Sin’. The establishment of this Reign of

Abomination would initiate the process of the end of the world. It

will open the era of total immorality and sin. At that juncture in

time will appear two great, holy personalities and two great evil


Armies will be despatched from the north. The sacred fortress

will be defiled and the daily acts of sacrifices will be prohibited.

Then the Reign of Abomination will be established. Continuing

his explanation, Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) said: “I heard

two sacred Voices speaking. First Voice: “When will this event of

the sacred abode being trampled and defiled under the feet (of

these oppressors) occur?” The second Voice answered: “Two

thousand and three hundred days. Thereafter this holy place will

be purified.”

In the prediction made by Hadhrat Daanyaal (alayhis salaam), is

also mentioned that the ‘Reign of Abomination’ will be terminated

after 45 days.


Even Nabi Daanyaal (alayhis salaam) did not fully understand

the mystery in what he had interpreted, hence he supplicated to

Allah Ta’ala to unravel the conundrum. According to the Tauraah,

Allah Ta’ala informed him: “O Daanyaal, concern yourself with

your mission. A lock has been placed on the words and the matter

has been decreed. The mystery will be solved at the appointed

time.” And, Allah knows best.